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The day I took on the tradesmen's guild

When Simon Read, The Independent's personal finance editor, hired a roofer to repair storm damage, he was shocked to see that half the bill consisted of travel time. So he wrote about it – and all hell was let loose

The interior design trends for 2013 – the Maison & Objet report

For anyone looking for the next big thing in the home fashion sphere, the exhibitors at the Parisian Maison & Objet, can give you a glimpse of what’s hot or not right now. The fair is the first and biggest design trade show of the year, which means that this is the place to spot new patterns, colours and styles. For the spring collection, however, there weren’t any shocking revelations. Pantone’s 2013 Emerald Green was nowhere to be seen, instead, pastels dominated.

Should you improve your home or move?

A growing family places extra demands on space and while your two or three bed property may no longer satisfy your needs, selling and trading up isn’t the only option.

What you need to know to hire a good tradesman

To get the most out of your tradesman experience, it’s important that both yourself and the tradesman are happy. For this to happen you’ll need to be 100% comfortable with who you choose to hire. Doing your research before hiring is the best way to achieve this.

How to save money by making your boiler more energy efficient

Now that winter is upon us, many of us are spending more time indoors. Top of everybody’s checklist is a home that can deal with the cold days and nights ahead. Your first priority should be your boiler as it provides a great deal of warmth through heating your radiators.